DIY Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table

Intermediate woodworking skills needed to create a collapsable plywood table that's minimal in design and easy to store.

If you are faced with the dreaded small space syndrome in your home, this collapsible side table is a great solution. It's modern, sleek and fully functional -- and it can easily be stored whenever you need some extra space.

Things You Will Need

  • 1/2-inch MDF board
  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw (bandsaw optional)
  • Circular saw
  • Drill with 1-inch spade or Forstner bit
  • Double-sided tape
  • Router with 1-inch flush trim router bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Satin polyurethane

Create a Template

Measure and trace your table dimensions onto the MDF board, referring to the diagram below for the proper dimensions. A template made from MDF board allows you to create markings and holes without compromising the final piece.

Cut out Your Template

Using the bandsaw, cut out the template you traced on the MDF board. To cut the center piece out, simply drill a hole into the middle of the board, following with the jigsaw.

Adhere the Template to the Plywood

Using double-sided tape, secure the templates onto the plywood with at least 1/2 inch clearance on all sides.

Cut out the Plywood Pieces

Using the router, follow the secured template with the bearing of the flush trim router bit.

Cut out Notches and Angles in the Legs

In the center of both leg pieces, cut out notches and angles, referring to the diagram below for the proper dimensions.

Sand and Finish

Using a fine sanding block, sand all the edges and faces of your three table parts. Wipe clean using a damp cloth, and then brush on satin water-based polyurethane on all three parts. Allow to dry. Repeat until you achieve your desired finish.

Assemble the Table

Once the finish is completely dry, slide the notches in the table legs together so the legs stand upright on their own. Place the tabletop piece on top of the legs, fitting it within the notches so that it rests snugly on top of the legs.

This table is versatile and can easily be used in any room in the home. Its minimal design works for all decor types. When you need that extra space, simply collapse it and store it for future use.

About the Author

Lidy Dipert is the founder and creative directer to Hello Lidy. Hello Lidy focuses on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces, while keeping up on current trends and designs.